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Hispanic Heritage Resources: Websites

This guide will help you find the most interesting and reliable books, articles, and websites about Hispanic Americans, their heritage, and their contributions to American life and society.

A Labor Hero

 

"Cesar E. Chavez is best known for founding the United Farm Workers of America, AFL-CIO in 1962. He remained its president and continued to work for human rights causes until the time of his death. His experiences as a migrant farmworker since age 10 fueled his efforts to help others achieve fair wages, medical coverage, pension benefits, and other rights and protections."

Source: United States Postal Service. "Hispanic People and Events on U.S. Postage Stamps." Hispanics in U.S. Culture -- America.gov.  Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State, 15 Sept. 2010. Web. 23 Sept. 2010.

More information about Cesar Chavez and his struggles on behalf of migrant workers can be found in books, articles, and in documents available from the National Hispanic Heritage Month and Hispanic Heritage (Gale) web sites listed in the box to the right on this page.

Recommended Websites

The websites listed below are reliable sources of information about Hispanic Heritage topics. Some are government (.gov) sites, while others are private (.com or .org) site from reputable, credible information. When using other websites not on this list, be sure to EVALUATE them as to their trustworthiness -- the box below will describe how.

Evaluation, or Should I Use This Website?

If you're searching the web for other sources, you should be aware of the #1 Google Tip for Academics:  Click on "Advanced Search" when you Google and limit your search to .GOV or .EDU domains.

 Remember, anyone can create a website and write anything they choose in it.

Evaluating the site and deciding whether to believe and use it is YOUR job!

Some Questions to Ask Yourself

 WHO?  Who is the person or organization who created the site? Are they experts? Why should you believe them? What information do they provide about themselves? Check for an “About Us” page.   

 WHY? What is the purpose of the site? Is it trying to sell you something? Does it have a lot of advertising? Is it trying to sway your opinion? Does the site seem biased? Is its main purpose to provide information?

 WHAT? Does the site contain useful information? Is the information at an appropriate level for college work? Does the information generally agree with other sources you’ve seen? Does the information make sense?

 WHEN? Is there a date to show when the site was created? Does it get updated frequently? Does it have current information?

 HOW? Does the site work well? Does it have links that don’t work? Does it have obvious errors?

For more help in learning how to evaluate websites, try watching this video.